Two members of Eagles Of Death Metal have taken to the stage in Paris to commemorate the two-year anniversary of the Bataclan massacre.
Lead singer Jesse Hughes and guitarist Dave Catching played through two tracks at a memorial ceremony in Paris, organised by survivors of the attack before handing white roses to the crowd gathered outside the town hall.
French President Emmanuel Macron also led a ceremony to remember the victims, a short walk from the concert hall where Hughes said, “I’m so happy and pleased to see all of you. The only reason we’re still standing is because you all still love rock and roll.” The pair ripped through ‘I Love You All the Time’ and ‘Save a Prayer’, with Hughes hugging his fellow bandmate and others at the memorial.
Hughes has had quite a tumultuous year in the media, and was apparently turned down to the re-opening of the Bataclan suggesting that the security guards were “in on the attack” and allegedly said he saw “Muslims celebrating in the street during the attack.”
He was also hit with a restraining order from an old mate who claimed ‘threatened to kill’.
November 13 marks the two-year anniversary of the attack at the Bataclan in Paris that killed 89 people at the hands of multiple gunmen. The attack was one of six coordinated attacks in Paris that evening and killed 130 in total.
Check out the trailer for Josh Homme and Colin Hanks’ doco about the attack here.